American Indian 101 for Environmental Educators
Presented by Maggie Lorenz, Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe/Spirit Lake Dakota Nation
Executive Director, Lower Phalen Creek Project and Wakan Tipi Center, St. Paul
Topics touching on American Indian history and culture are taught by naturalists and environmental educators at Nature Centers across the county. But where do non-Native American educators turn for accurate and appropriate information about the Tribal Nations on whose land they work? Often times educators are left to make their best guess, especially when there is little to no American Indian education in the K-12 system.
In this workshop participants will learn the basics about the Tribal Nations that have claim to the lands within the borders of the State of Minnesota, including homelands, treaties, sacred sites, place names, and ways in which Native Peoples relate to the land and environment. This workshop will provide a foundation and introduction to these topics, and all participants will leave with an American Indian Education Resource List with accurate and appropriate information to learn more, along with an American Indian Consultants Resource List for Naturalists with names, tribal affiliation, contact information, and speciality areas of knowledgeable and talented American Indian educators.
A link to the Zoom session will be sent out the morning of the training. Please make sure your contact information is the best email to reach you and that you have Zoom installed on your device.
TRAINING PARTNERS: Lower Phalen Creek Project
MNA Professional Development workshops are offered at least three times a year. They are provided as a benefit of membership. Members attend for free and are given priority registration. Non-members can register after a designated waiting period and pay a $10 non-refundable fee. For workshops where space is limited, registration may be limited to members only.